Try these colors on, Dad

In May we caught a few unusual breaks from the heat, but as the calendar struck June 1st, the gloves fittingly came off, bloating out to 101 with the forecast looking like it has been cut and pasted for next 10 days. The last few evenings, I’ve sat in my patio chair half-reading, half-watching my girls run feverish around the backyard like it was 72 degrees. I really don’t know how I did it as a kid. I don’t “remember” the summers being too hot. I only remember going full on, all day, regardless of how intense the activities. Maybe it is Yellow #5, the mysterious ingredient in mac-n-cheese that seems to be an absolute “good” among kids. Perhaps the synthetic additive regulates body heat and maximizes energy efficiency.

The picture above had an incredible coincidence and better timing. I was actually reading an ebook on my phone regarding color theory in photography. The part I was reading through spoke towards the obviousness of color occurring everywhere, and more so, paying closer attention to placement and schemes in photography. As I’m reading this section, my oldest daughter is prompting me to put on “these magic glasses.” As I look up, all I see is the purple/pink right in my face. So I get her to step back a few feet, pick up my camera (always close, right), and have her repeat her last and she was for once, compliant. And there it was—a decent tetrad scheme (purple, pink, green, yellow)—out of thin air.

I’m always cautious of theory, order, and text-booked paths. I’m a bookworm but most of the fiction and poetry books I’ve really enjoyed usually shatter conventions or at least did at the time they were written. In retrospect, something caught my eye in that moment, and at first, I just framed it to be the sunglasses with missing lenses. But in hindsight, I realize it was more of the emergent pattern, specifically the luminous greens in the near tank-top and grass in the background that added to the glasses. It goes without saying that color theory works. We have centuries of art to validate. I’ve just never thought at length of its inclusion in photography, which now, like color, seems obvious.

As for processing, there was little on this one. I kicked the vibrancy up a little in Lightroom, and then with an adjustment brush, took the clarity and contrast down a little in areas of lens blur. I’m fond of Lightroom but I can’t wait for the day they release layer ability. The adjustment brushes work great, but are quite limited.

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